High Water Women to Hold Fifth Symposium on Impact Investing

Press Release (ePRNews.com) - NEW YORK - Nov 27, 2017 - High Water Women (HWW), the not-for-profit volunteer organization with a focus on empowering women and youth, is holding its fifth annual Symposium on Impact Investing in New York at the City of New York Graduate Center, this Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Featured speakers include Valerie Rockefeller, Trustee, Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Governor Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Double Impact, Bain Capital.

This year’s Symposium will continue to build on the themes which HWW has been developing since it first launched its impact symposium program in 2013: the practical realities of building an impact portfolio, the opportunities and challenges for acting, the latest developments in impact investing and women in the impact investment marketplace.

HWW has been a thought leader in impact philanthropy since its founding in 2005. The Symposium brings together family offices, foundations and their advisers, as well as asset managers, academics, and other key stakeholders to engage in dynamic conversations on investing for impact.

“The High Water Women Investing for Impact Symposium has become a true highlight of the impact investing calendar, tailored by and for all types of investors,” says Anna Snider, the Chair of the HWW Board of Directors, Managing Director and Head of Due Diligence for the Chief Investment Office within Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America. “We are delighted to have so many great speakers in this year’s lineup.”

Snider co-chairs the HWW Investing with Impact Symposium with HWW board President Ariane de Vienne, head of North America for German-based ESG rating agency oekom research AG.

“HWW supports the New York Community by bringing financial literary training and other support to many low-income teens and women. This work provides rewarding volunteer opportunities to hundreds of professionals in financial services. As an extension, we designed the Symposium to create a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges in impact investing. Our panels will explore cutting-edge topics around investment themes and capital deployment,” says de Vienne. “We are very lucky that we have such a fantastic committee of volunteers, who come together every year and put on this symposium. It is their dedication and expertise, as well as the support we receive from the impact community, that gives this event its unique perspective and allows us to go deeper into the issues and opportunities around impact investing.” 

The daylong program starts at 9:00 am with Valerie Rockefeller, who will be interviewed by Debra Schwartz, Managing Director of Impact Investments, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The interview will be followed by two plenary sessions focused on Taking Action: Removing Obstacles to Change and Fighting for a Better World: Women in Impact Investing. Attendees will then choose between four breakout sessions. A networking lunch will be followed by four afternoon breakout sessions, then afternoon plenary sessions featuring Governor Deval Patrick interviewed by Imogen Rose Smith, Investment Fellow, University of California, and two panels on Impact Investing in the New Age of Social Activism and Go Big or Go Home, the bold ideas driving impact investing today. The program will conclude at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsors of HWW include The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, BlackRock, Deutsche Asset Management, KKR, Treehouse Investments, Trillium Asset Management, Calvert Investments, Columbia Threadneedle, Community Investment Management, Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Impax Asset Management, Microvest, oekom research, Tara Health Foundation, and Tideline.

Panelists and workshop moderators include such industry leaders and experts as:

Monique Aiken, Vice President Programs, Mission Investors Exchange | Laura Albarracin, Senior Analyst, oekom research | Vicki Benjamin, President, Calvert Investments | David Bank, Editor and CEO, ImpactAlpha | Dana Bezerra, Senior Vice President, Heron Foundation | Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst at Large | Sara Brand, Founding General Partner, True Wealth Ventures | Emily Chasan, Sustainable Finance Editor, Bloomberg | Melissa Cheong, CIO, Zoma Capital | Ron Cordes, Co-founder, Cordes Foundation | Lisa Davis, Director, Pembrook Capital Management | Rob Day, General Partner, Spring Lane Capital | Olympia DeCastro, Partner, Community Investment Management | John Duong, Managing Director, Lumina Impact Ventures | Kaela Gallo, Lead Designer, Propel | Sada Geuss, Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management | Matt Greenfield, Managing Partner, Rethink Education | Susan Hammel, President, Cogent Consulting | JoAnn Hanson, President, Church Investment Group | Erin Harkless, Senior Investment Director, Cambridge Associates | Joshua Humphreys, President and Senior Fellow, Croatan Institute | Stephanie Kater, Consultant, The Bridgespan Group | Karen Karp, President, KK&P | Joseph Kinard, Investment Committee, Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church | Doug Lawrence, Managing Principal, 5 Stone Green Capital | Michael Lear, Vice President, Bernstein Wealth Management | Angela Lee, Founder, 37 Angels | Christina Leijonhufvud, Managing Partner, Tideline | Jay Lipman, Co-founder, Ethic | Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions | Caroline MacGill, Managing Director, Armonia | Torsten Marshall, Partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe | Debbie McCoy, Managing Director, BlackRock | Allyson McDonald, CEO, Work Capital | Aria McLauchlan, Co-founder, Land Core USA | Elisa Miller-Out, Managing Partner, Chloe Capital | Cynthia Muller, Program and Portfolio Officer, Mission Driven Investments, W.K. Kellogg Foundation | Mina Pacheco Nazemi, Founder and Managing Partner, Aldea Capital Partners | Marc Oshima, Co-Founder + Chief Marketing Officer, Aero Farms | Governor Deval Patrick, Managing Director of Double Impact, Bain Capital | Jameela Pedicini, Director, Asset Management, Perella Weinberg | David Press, Partner, Confluence Partners | Rebecca Price, Program Officer, Investors’ Circle | David Richardson, Executive Director, Global Head of Marketing and Client Service, Impax Asset Management | Lyneir Richardson, CEO, Chicago TREND | Alicia Robb, Founder & CEO, Next Wave | Valerie Rockefeller, Trustee, Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund | Michael Saadine, Director, Bridges Fund Management | David Sand, Chief Investment Strategist & Chief Impact Investment Officer, Community Capital Management | Ommeed Sathe, Vice President, Impact Investments, Prudential Financial | Rachel Schneider, SVP, Center for Financial Services Innovation | Steffen Schneider, Director of Farming Operations, Hawthorne Valley Farm | Debra Schwartz, Managing Director Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation | Jason Scott, Partner Encourage Capital | Fran Seegull, Executive Director, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance at Ford Foundation | Ruth Shaber, President, Tara Health Foundation | Greg Shell, Managing Director, Bain Capital | Imogen Rose Smith, Investment Fellow, University of California | Candace Smith, Managing Director of Risk, MicroVest | Madji Sock, Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors | Laurie Spengler, President & CEO, Enclude Solutions | Kate Starr, CIO, Flat World Partners | Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Director, IoTask | Quyen Tran, Vice President and Equity Portfolio Specialist, Wellington Management | Brace Young, Partner, Arabesque

HWW invites individuals, organizations and firms already involved in or seeking to explore the field of values-based investing to attend, send clients, or help sponsor this event. Information on sponsorship levels and attending the event can be found on HWW’s website: http://www.highwaterwomen.org or contact dkeating@highwaterwomen.org.

About High Water Women
High Water Women (HWW) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2005 by women in the hedge fund and investment industries to promote the economic empowerment of women and youth. We are a volunteer-driven organization with more than 4,000 business professionals participating in a wide range of volunteer opportunities with nonprofit partners, and through our own programs in financial literacy, microfinance and other initiatives for children and families in need. HWW is a leader in financial literacy for teens and young adults through the High Water Women Muriel Siebert Campaign for Financial Literacy. In addition, in 2013, HWW launched the HWW Symposium on Investing for Impact for family offices, endowments foundations and other investors and in 2016 launched an initiative on Women in Impact.

The Symposium Steering Committee includes:
Drianne Benner, Appomattox Advisory, Moya Connelly, Deutsche Bank, Ariane de Vienne, oekom research, Darcy Garner, Channel Family Assets, Diane Keating, High Water Women, Athena Ole, Amie Patel, Elevar Equity, Imogen Rose-Smith, Investment Fellow at University of California, Anna Snider, Bank of America, Delores Rubin, Deutsche Bank 

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Cindy Stoller

Source : High Water Women

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